Tobermory, The Chi Cheemaun and Dave vs The Grotto

The three of us set out on a great adventure. Dave, my Dad (Larry) and I. The weather was bone-chilling, drab and not very inviting, but being a total optimist Larry was certain the grey skies were gonna clear up so we started our trek to the beautiful little village of Tobermory. Being the only tourists crazy enough to visit in the chilly weather we had no trouble finding a parking spot or a seat at Craigie’s (Famous Fish and Chips, delicious and highly recommended!!). Both Dave and Dad love to SCUBA and Tobermory is known as the fresh water SCUBA diving capital of the world. It’s a total hot spot for divers because of the scattered shipwrecks that lie in the surrounding waters, especially in Fathom Five National Marine Park. I think the shipwrecks are a little too spooky for my taste, so I prefer to chill on the rock beach in the warmer weather.

We checked out a few of the dive shops and got some sweet pics of The Chi-Cheemaun (Translation "Big Canoe) the passenger and car ferry connects Tobermory to Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron Check out the shot Dave got of the logging truck pulling off the Ferry, it’s crazy! It’ll give you an idea of the size of the boat.

Ok so we were so freezing cold by this point, and don’t get me wrong I love Tobermory. I honestly thought this was it and we were heading back home but my Dad really really insisted we check out the Grotto and now I see why. The Grotto is this beautiful little cave located near the rock beach, the only problem is you need to be Indiana Jones as it’s next to impossible to get to. There are two ways you can get to the Grotto

  1. Scale the rock face that goes 90 degrees straight down to the crashing rocky waters (not recommended) or
  2. Squeeze through a tiny little cave that nobody knows about, work your way down and pray the bars on your cell phone don’t disappear.

We choose option 2 and made our way down with only a few scratches. Ahhhhhhh at last, The Grotto and it’s alluring beauty. Check out the turquoise water…ohhh soo beautiful, that’s actually light glowing through from the other side. Dave was so mesmerized by this he decided to take a refreshing dip in the near freezing ice pool… Like any dedicated photographer/retired girl guide would be, I’m always prepared with the Canon ready to fire. These photos will serve as proof to everyone back home that Dave was brave enough to laugh in the face the freezing waters of Lake Huron and take this legendary plunge. Ok maybe I’m over-dramatizing it but trust me, it was really freakin cold!!